Light Block

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This article is about the block that illuminates dark areas in the New Super Mario Bros. games. For the light-elemental Baddie Blocks in Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition, see Baddie Block § Light Block.
Not to be confused with Light Box.
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A Light Block[1] (also known as a Glow Block[2]) is an item found in the game New Super Mario Bros. Wii and New Super Mario Bros. U. They are white blocks with eyes similar to Rotating Blocks from Super Mario World. As the name suggests, these blocks emit light that Mario and the other characters can use to illuminate dark areas. The characters must carry them in order to explore different areas with the help of the block's light. To pick up a Light Block, the player must shake the Wii Remote and press and hold One Button at the same time. Light Blocks are only present in dark and murky areas such as caves or Ghost Houses. They can also be used as a projectile, by throwing it to the enemies, in similar fashion to Super Mario Bros. 2's physics.

Light Blocks also appear in Mario Party 10 in the minigame Murky Maze.

In addition to normal-sized Light Blocks, bigger moving varieties also appear. These blocks appear as moving nearly-invisible blocks at first (which look similar to Empty Blocks from Super Mario World), but if Mario or any other character hits a nearby ? Switch, the blocks temporarily glow and keep moving. These blocks can be used for both lighting the way and means of transportation.

In New Super Mario Bros. U, only the bigger varieties appear, and act as in the Wii version as platforms, but still illuminate dark areas. Some are activated by pressing a ? Switch. They mostly appear in Light Blocks, Dark Tower.

  • Trading Card description: "Don't get caught in the dark without a Glow Block! These white boxes are found on the ground in dark areas, like caves and haunted spots. This illuminating item will help guide you when visibility is low. Just remember that you can't use other weapons, like fire or ice balls, while holding a Glow Block."


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish (NOA) Bloque Brillante Glow Block
Spanish (NOE) Bloque Luminoso Light Block
French (NOE) Bloc lumineux Luminous Block
German Leuchtplattform Light Platform
Italian Blocco Luce Light Block
Russian Светящийся блок
Svetyashchiysya blok
Glowing Block
Chinese 发光砖块
Fāguāng Zhuānkuài
Glowing Block


  • In the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack in Minecraft, Redstone Lamps are replaced by Light Blocks.


  1. ^ Bueno, Fernando. New Super Mario Bros. Wii Prima Official Game Guide, page 104.
  2. ^ New Super Mario Bros. Wii trading card #49